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Goose Creek Officer Talks About the Fight For His Life

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Hit nine times, Officer Edwards' wounds are still healing. The memories of July 19th are also fresh in his mind. Hit nine times, Officer Edwards' wounds are still healing. The memories of July 19th are also fresh in his mind.
Police say Codrick Bass (pictured above) shot Edwards, who was the first officer to respond to an alleged domestic violence call at Bass' home. Police say Codrick Bass (pictured above) shot Edwards, who was the first officer to respond to an alleged domestic violence call at Bass' home.
"The first thought that went through my mind was ‘I'm not going out like this. I'm staying in the fight'," Edwards recalled. "The first thought that went through my mind was ‘I'm not going out like this. I'm staying in the fight'," Edwards recalled.
The man accused of shooting Officer Edwards remains behind bars. Bass was shot by police and has since recovered from his wounds. He is charged with attempted murder, along with a laundry list of other charges related to the original call. The man accused of shooting Officer Edwards remains behind bars. Bass was shot by police and has since recovered from his wounds. He is charged with attempted murder, along with a laundry list of other charges related to the original call.

A Goose Creek police officer shot three weeks ago broke his silence Monday. Officer Robert Edwards Jr. sat by his wife as he described being shot and his fight to keep his life. Hit nine times, Officer Edwards' wounds are still healing. The memories of July 19th are also fresh in his mind.

"There was no doubt who he was looking to shoot. Several times I was looking down the barrel of it," Edwards said.  

Police say Codrick Bass shot Edwards, who was the first officer to respond to an alleged domestic violence call at Bass' home.

Still conscious at the time, Edwards remembers the moments after he was shot.

"The first thought that went through my mind was ‘I'm not going out like this. I'm staying in the fight'," Edwards recalled.

The fight continues for Edwards who recently underwent jaw reconstruction surgery.

"I can talk fairly well, but I can't open my mouth very far so it makes eating much more difficult," Edwards described. "I can still smile."

His optimistic attitude is just as strong as his desire to return to duty.

"As soon as the powers that be say I'm clear to go, Ill be back on the street," vowed Edwards.

By his side, his wife Gretchen, supports his decision to return.

"I wouldn't expect anything different," she said.

What remained unclear until today was why Officer Edwards was not wearing a bullet proof vest when he was shot.

"That particular day I wasn't wearing the vest. It is my option by department policy. Given the heat index, I chose not to wear it," Edwards explained.

He says with his current injuries, a vest wouldn't have helped much anyway. The officer is now focusing on his family and the day he'll get to put his uniform back on.         

The man accused of shooting Officer Edwards remains behind bars. Bass was shot by police and has since recovered from his wounds. He is charged with attempted murder, along with a laundry list of other charges related to the original call, including kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. Bass' attorney, Bill Runyon says right now he is working now on getting his client a mental evaluation.

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